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Junior Journey: Getting to Know Israelis

Rabbi Dean Kertesz, Co-Dean of Students
We began our day with a great breakfast at our guest house at Kibbutz Gonen. Because of jet lag everyone was up early. We began our day with different tefillot options and then broke up into small groups, to reflect on some of our experiences over the last 36 hours and give our students a chance to look at much they have done is such a short amount of time.
We began our day with a great breakfast at our guest house at Kibbutz Gonen. Because of jet lag everyone was up early. We began our day with different tefillot options and then broke up into small groups, to reflect on some of our experiences over the last 36 hours and give our students a chance to look at much they have done is such a short amount of time.
 
After our reflection, we boarded our bus and met the marching students by the Jordan river. We spent all of today with the kids from the Mechina at Kfar HaNassi. As I wrote yesterday, a mechinah is a special program for Israeli high school students. They spend a year of study and community service before entering the IDF. 
 
For our morning activity we hiked along the Jordan river from the Cork Bridge to the B'not Ya'akov bridge. Periodically the students would stop for brief talks about the history of the region or fun activities that helped them get to know each other better. 
 
After the hike we returned to Kibbutz K'far Hanassi followed by a lecture by Dr. Roger Kornberg, of Stanford, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. After the lecture, our students and the mechina kids did some text study and learning together. Our evening ended with a barbeque and a concert by the Israeli musician Roi Levy. Many of the students remarked that they felt they really formed a strong bond with these young Israelis, which is one of our goals... to develop a personal connection to Israel. 
 
On another note, the weather has been beautiful here. Sunny and mild during the day (around the low 70's) and chilly but not cold at night. 
 
Tomorrow we are off to Nazareth to meet with some Israeli Arabs, then on to Tel Aviv.
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